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Love Our Neighbors

Love Our Neighbors

This Saturday is the 13th annual First Love service day at First Baptist. I am so grateful to Tom Perrin, Jr., for his leadership of this project. He and his team have put in tireless hours checking on projects, arranging volunteers, and placing people in the right slots. This year is also Hannah Singletary’s first […]

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Around the Table

Now that we’ve had a church family conversation around the communion table, let’s go back to the kitchen table. Jesus talks about the issues of marriage, divorce, sexuality, and singleness pretty rarely—about as often as we do at First Baptist. We covered a lot of material Sunday, and I encourage you to watch the sermon […]

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Wedding Rehearsal

Preparing for a wedding today is a bit like a small conference. Invitations, dinners, engagement ceremonies, save the date cards, counseling, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, reception. It’s almost enough to make you forget that everything that happens before and after the wedding really count. Practice does not make for perfect marriages. Belief in Christ gives us […]

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The Bride of Christ

This Sunday, we’re having a family conversation about sexual intimacy. It’s part of a brief series I’m doing entitled “Christ’s Bride Comes Home.” I wrote about this in a recent column which you can find here. When I started reading through Matthew 19-23, I was reminded that I’ve never preached a series of messages on […]

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Faith in Public

Last Friday, we kicked off the 4th season of Faith, Food, Friday. This is an interfaith luncheon (not an ecumenical one), hosted by the Village Square. What’s the difference? Interfaith gatherings usually give the public a chance to peer into a world not their own—a world where religious people serve and share the common good. […]

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Christ’s Bride Comes Home

Households today are a complicated mix of success and failure. Divorce rates are lower than the previous generation. Individuals who do marry are waiting longer to get married and to have children. Christian marriages appear to be doing better and are lasting longer than ever. At the same time there are challenges. In Leon County, […]

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Volunteer by Sunday for First Love

Volunteer by Sunday for First Love

For 13 years, we have taken one day to show Matthew 22:39 to Tallahassee. It’s the second greatest commandment—to love your neighbor as yourself. This year, we have 20 more requests for projects than last year. Just over 100 people have already registered. Now we need you and about 400 of your friends, co-workers, and […]

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Forgiveness

Last weekend, I had the great privilege of spending a weekend with Single Adults age 40+ and our Senior Adults. Luke Hinson and I led a retreat on God’s Forgiveness: Past, Present, and Forever. Living with unforgiveness is like living behind a prison wall that you have built. While there, you become a prisoner trapped […]

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Thank You, Steve Wofford

Fourteen years ago, the Lord smiled on First Baptist when Steve Wofford became our Church Administrator. He has guided us through the Great Recession of 2008, taken on the CLC and other projects, and guided homeless people personally through times of great crisis. Jane and he have been instrumental in establishing a Christian sorority and […]

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Forgiveness

This weekend, Luke Hinson and I will be leading a retreat for our Senior Adult and SingleFocus groups on the topic of God’s Forgiveness: Past, Present, and Forever. When Jesus threw Peter (and the church) the keys to the kingdom of heaven, one of the keys on the ring was forgiveness. Forgiveness is a key […]

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